Beneath is an attempt at translation:
In the first fifteen years of his career, Phil Miller wrote history, as one of the architects of the Canterbury scene, within the relatively short lifespan of bands such as Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, National Health and Gilgamesh. With his own band In Cahoots, the overlaps with the Canterbury sound, can be clearly heard, and particularly in Mind Over Matter which appeared at the end of 2011.
The long-held, symphonic sounding keyboard chords of Peter Lemer are reminicent of the jazzy horns of National Health’s D. S. Al coda. The first part of the more than eighteen-minute Medley is exemplary in this regard. The second part contains a wonderful swinging, moog-like solo, along with the brilliant, often fretless bass work of Fred Baker, the broad drumming of Mark Fletcher and, obviously, Miller’s own inimitable guitar solos and should have the hearts of many Hatfield fan beating faster. Saxophonist-flutist Paul Booth and trumpeter Mark Armstrong are two fresh recruits to the band, of which the former has the thankless task of following in the footsteps of the late Elton Dean.
Nearly five years since Conspiracy Theories Phil Miller brings us another great chapter in the jazz side of the rocking Canterbury scene.
Listen to samples of each track on Mind over Matter HERE